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t "TERRIFIC BATTLE RAGES IN POLAND FOR MASTERY OF RIVERS. KEYS
CZAR GAINS GROUND
IN WESTWARD DRIVE
Advancing G)lumn Passes
Railway Centre in Move
ment to Roll Back Ger
PE-TROGRAD, Deo. S3.
The Russian movement to roll back
Von irindenburgs army of Invasion over
IU path of Invasion has begun, and by a
bold dash hat rained ground westward.
Simultaneously with heavy assaults on
the Germans, who aro attempting- to sain
possession of the Dzura and Plllca Riv
ers, part of Grand Duko Nicholas' army
of defense has raodo marked progress
to tho west.
Botlmow, on the. Rawka River, linn been
reached, while westward progress has
carried one seotton of tho front beyond
Skiernlcwice, the railway centra reported
taken by tho Germans a fow dnya ago.
Battlo for control of the rivers tributary
to the Vistula west of Warsaw rases
furiously. German offensive Is opposed by
Russian counter-assaults on the Bzura,
JtavVa and Plllca Rivera.
Details of the fighting reaching here to
day showed that tho Russians, west of
"Warsaw, mashed their artillery alone tho
Brora and did not open fire on the closely
massed ranks of tho enemy, until thoy
ware In midstream. Tho destruction of
life was frightful. Hundreds of wounded
wero swept off their feet by the current
and, weighted down by their heavy equip
ment, were drowned.
Two hundred Germans, part of a column
of tho advance on Warsaw woro killed In
a single engagement alone tho Bzura.
At other points tho foe lost heavily.
At many fords tho Gormans withdrew
and took cover to escape tho Russian Are.
At other points mines woro exploded
along; the banks where the Germans en
deavored to force a crossing-. Such ex
plosions Invariably resulted in heavy
losses to the enemy and threw their
ranks Into greatest confusion.
South of tho Vistula, between tho
Brora and Plllca. tho Gormans announce
they hare succeeded In crossing- branches
of the Bzura and Rawka Rivers at many
places. This should bring- the main
armies very close together and a few days
wilt tell whether the Gorman advance Is
to bo definitely cheoked, or whether the
Germans are again to threaten Warsaw.
Fighting- also continues In Gallcla, but
here, as along- tho East Prussian frontier,
the Russians seem to have been success
ful in holding- bock the Austro-German
forces. The Germans, who ora extremely
strong along the whole eastern frontier,
already are reported to be moving troops
bock to tho west to meet the Allies' of
fensive, but it Is not considered likely
that this movement will reach largo pro
portions until somo decisive result has
been attained. In the contest against the
AUSTRIANS FAIL IN NEW
MOVE AGAINST CZAR'S LEFT
Eussians Repulse Night Attack: on
Trenches at Liako.
PETROGRAD;, Dec. 23.
A second attempt made by the Aus
trlans to pierce the Russian lines fac
ing the Carpathian Mountains at Sanok
and Llsko foiled yesterday In spite of
a fierce night attack on the Russian
trenches near Llsko.
Tho garrison of the Austrian fortress
of Prxemysl, seemingly Informed of the
movements of the Austrian Carpathian
army, made a sortie coincident with the
Austrian attacks, though separated by
as miles from Llsko. It Is assumed that
an Austrian officer, an aviator, shot down
at Blrcha, 14 miles southwest of Przemysl,
was carrying messages between the two
The Austrian operations are rendered
difficult by the fact that valleys north
and south of this region cut the troops
Into separate columns, and make a
massed front Impossible.
Tho chief scene of the recent operations
Is about tho mouth of Mesolaboretz Pass,
which Is traversed by a double track rail
road from Hemano, with tho nearest
railroad to the west BO miles away. The
nearest pass to the east Is about the
same distance, and is held by the Rus
sians. RUSSIANS MENACE THORN
IN EAST PRUSSIA DRIVE
Invaders' Advance to Mazurian
Iiflies Also Making' Progress.
PETROGRAD. Dec. 23.
The heavy German column which has
Jean driven across tho East Prussia
frontier from Mlawa, Russia Poland, by
th Russians, Is spreading out to the
." Fl ?' "rdlng to reports re-
teivjd hero from the front Tho purpose
ox to German movement is to debouoh to
that right of tho Intrenched Masur Lake
12! 2&t-Bd to. 'Hi?0 tlui troops In
4M vtelnlty of Thorn for protection
-B3.?t "" continued Russian advance
tm the Thorn-Allensteln-Insterburg Rail,
road, which la the main strategic line
paralleling tho North Poland frontier.
The Russian successes! hero not only
threaten the right of the German Maiur
Lake position, but also threaten the left
wing of the army operating beforo War-
GIANT GUNS REACH THORN
ON WAY TO POUND WARSAW
K.Captnred Russian Cannon Sent to
bjP ior .uepairs.
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Tbm new .t-aatlBetra guns arrived
M Cologne yesterday from the Krupe
Works at Haaen, to ha sent to Thorn to
used to Uw advance against Warsaw
roross of the Undaturra. numbering
8,0. passed through Cologne yesterday
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IN REVERSE NEAR RAWA
Czar's Column In Southern Folnnd
Itegitins Piotrkow ftnllronds.
PETROGRAD, Dec. 23.
The Russian offensive against the right
wing of the German army before Warsaw
continues. The battle which was begun
Monday morning southwest of lUwa re
sulted In the defeat of tho Germans who
were apparently not expecting attack In
this quarter and had withdrawn all but
a small occupying force.
Tho Germans wero forced back from
their positions Jn tho region of Tomas
cliow and the railway lino north of
Plotrkow Is now held by the Russians at
Before Warsaw tho German salient at
Sochoacow has been driven back across
tho Bzura, while the German front beforo
Drxeztny Is fighting dosporately lo main
tain Its position. Since tho German ad
vance was halted tho latter part of last
week no progress has been made, and tho
Petrograd observers are confident that
tho possibility of German occupation of
Warsaw Is past.
VON TIRPITZ'S HINTS
RECALLED BY PLOTS
TO SINK SUPPLY SHIP
Arrest of Alleged German
Bomb-maker Foils Plan to
Sink Liner From .New
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 23.
The New Orleans police today asked the
New Tork authorities to Investigate the
New York ends of tho conspiracy re
vealed here by Hans Halle, a German, to
place bombs on board French and Brit
ish liners sailing for Europe. The police
have In their possession a complete bomb
of enormous power, which, Hnlle said,
was to havo been sent to New Tork
today to be placed on tho French liner
Chicago, which sails from that city on
Saturday The bomb was to have bean
timed to explode on Monday, when the
ship was well out to sea.
Tho report was at first circulated that
ho had succeeded In getting a bomb on
board tho Rochambcau. of tho French
line, due at Havre on Tuesday. It Is
learned, hem over, that the steamship was
reported off the English coast yesterday
and little fear Is entertained for her
According to tho police Now Orleans Is
the headquarters of the conspiracy and
that tho bombs wero to have been made
here and then shipped by parcel post
to New York and to other ports from
which rrench and British ships soil
What tho police want to learn now Is
"Who are tho Now York agents of the
conspiracy? To whom were the bombs
to bo addressed? Who was to place them
on tho ships and how was It to he done?
These are the lines that they want the
New York detective bureau to Investigate.
When Hallo was arrested he gave the
name of Frank Holn. Later ho admitted
his real Identity. He said that ho was
born In Hamburg 85 years ago and that,
since he camo out a year ago, he has
been employed In the Hnrrlman line Bhops
at Vtcksburg and McComb City, Miss. As
a result of the story he told, Conrad
Brlnckmnn, another German, and George
Sommers have been arrested. Sommers
la held as an accomplice, Brlnckman as
a material witness.
Percussion caps, nitroglycerine, pieces
of fuses, gunpowder and lengths of Iron
plpo were found In Halle's room, the po
"Wo did not want to take a human life;
only stop the shipment of arms, ammu
nition and supplies to the armies which
are fighting against Germany," Halle
Discovery of the alleged plot recalled
the Interview published yesterday in
which Admiral von Tlrplts. head of the
German navy, Intimated that a plan of
campaign to starve England by destroy
ing all shipping was by no means beyond
the range of possibility.
In this connection It was also recalled
that only seven out of a cargo of 800
horses on the British steamship Rem
brandt, which sailed from Baltimore on
November 7, escaped alive from a Are
that was discovered soon after the steam
ship left. port. While the vessel lay In
her slip at Baltimore the German steam
ship Neckar was tied up not far away,
and the Rembrandt's captain was con
vinced that his ship had been fired by
some of the German crew of the Neckar,
THE ROCHAMBBAU SAFE.
NEW YORK, Dec. 13. Beforo the
French liner Rochambeau sailed from
New York for Havre officials of the line
were warned that an Infornal machine
would bo placed, on board the vessel. This
was learned today in connection with the
Investigation being made by New York
authorities of the plot revealed by Oer
mans arrested at New Orleans to blow
up merchant vessels. Precautions taken
by the line's officials prevented any ma
chine being placed on the ship to blow
her up, and she arrived safeln at Havre
J0FFRE OUSTS 24 GENERALS
Axe Palls Heavily on Leaders,
Incompetence in Some Cases.
PARIS, Deo. a.
Rumors lately prevalent regarding the
heaviness of Joffro'a axe against otQcers
detuned incompetent. Irrespective of rank,
were substantiated by the Issue from,
headquarters of a list shpwinff that
ten generals of division have been placed
on the reserve list, nyo "for reasons of
health," four for "reasons of personal
conveniens," and one without a reason
In addition II brigadier igonerals havo
bea retired, four "for masons of health,"
two "for personal convenience," and flye
for no announce reason
An appeadtx dealing with Colonial
troops announces the retirement of one
dlvleion, and two brigadier generals.
TRUCE ON CHRISTMAS DAY
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Furlough ot Many Soldiers Senti
ment Hay Halt Gofifliet.
VA&Ut, P. . Tawa and fourvday
furtewgba were granted to4ay to many
BvitMti aMcers, wh wBi spend Cbrtstmas
at haws in the British Isles. 8hrt fn
lwfsM also bsiag svjt to Kr-uwh
sjmI UrtUsfe privates.
H j, baitod that for stlBeatl
sos time will bo very Uttla ftafctteff An
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LjBOGER PJglLABEJLPHIAi WEDNESDAY, DEGftMBBB 23, 1914.
IS IN U.S. ATTITUDE,
SAYS BARON FISHER
British Lord Calls Upon
Americans to Ponder
Question of Neutrality.
Comment by Notable.
A Former Philadelphian
The American daughter-in-law 0
llaron John Fisher, First Sea Lord 0
England, whom he mentions as "none
the worse or her name at birth being
Morgan, and Philadelphia her home,"
was formerly Miss Jane Morgan, 0
Philadelphia. She is the daughter of
Randal Morgan and was married to
the lion Oeoil Vavasseur Fisher, heir
to the IJrithh Sea. Lord, in 1910.
By ED 1. KEEN
fCopjrlght. 1BH, by the United Press. Copy
right In Qretit Britain.)
LONDON, Dec. 23.
England's hope of Christmas cheer for
humanity rests upon the hopo that Amer
ica's sympathies are hers.
This Is the declaration of Baron John
Arbuthnot Fisher, First Sea Lord of the
British Admiralty. The man upon whom
rests Groat Britain's confldonco In her
naval supremacy, and who succeeded
Prince Louis of Bnttenburg as First Sea
Lord, made his first statement slnco as
suming command of all Britain's nan
forces to the United Press today. H
was one of a number of leading Brlttot
odlclals whom the United Press asked
to comment on what Christmas will bring
"Lord Fisher has this Immediate re
ply to your telegram, this moment re
ceived at midnight," the Sea Lord wrote.
"Ycb, he has very close bonds with the
United States In his domestic relations
and his friendships. Ho happily possesses
an American daughter-in-law, and olio is
none tho wone for her namo at birth
being Morgan and Philadelphia her home.
NEUTRALITY THE TEST.
"Lord Fisher has to say he Is com
pelled to say that tho hopo and good
cheer that the Christmas spirit may bring
humanity almost solely depends upon 100,
000,000 of Christian men and women In
America and the realization by this 100,-
000,000 of what 'neutrality" means.
"That word 'neutrality' 'comes frozen
on the frozen spray.'
"So I ask these 100.000.000 In the United
States to read William Watson's poem
to America concerning England. It la:
Art thou her child, bora In the proud nilddty
Of her larsrs tours abundance and excess.
Her dtughter and her mlgtitlut heiltreis
Dowered with her thoughts and lit on thy
Dy her great lamps that ehlno and fall not?
And at this thunderous hour of struggle and
Hither across th oetan wlldrne.
What word enmaa frotea on the frozen spray?
Neutrality I The tlffor from hie den
Springs at thy mother's throatl And canat
thou now . ,. ..
Watch with a stranger's gaze? 60 be It. then.
Thy loea la mora than hers for brulatd
She shall yet lira without thins eld; and
crown divine thou mlghtat
Another appeal for American sympathy
was voiced by the Hon. Oeorgo II. Por
ley, acting High Commissioner for Can
ada. "Christmas," he wrote, "finds us in the
middle of tho period of moat vital Im
portance to our race. We Canadians are
keenly, actively Interested, because we
believe Qermany's defeat Is necessary to
our safety and would be or general Den
"Canada and the United States have
the same hones, the same aspirations,
Although having; a boundary line 8000
miles In length, it Is without fortifications
of any kind. America and Canada have
lived side by side for a hundred years
In peace and friendliness. We have every
confidence In such happy relations will be
"We are now fighting the battle of all
who love freedom, and the people of the
United States naturally sympathize with
us In the struggle. Wo look forward with
every hope to the new year, feeling Id
will bring to us the trlumps of democratic
principles and the peace which wo pray
may last generations,"
PEACE IN VICTOUT.
Francis D, Ackland, Parliamentary
Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, re
plied as follows for Sir Edward Grey,
Minister of Foreign Affairs:
"Sir Edward Grey Is not in a better
position than any one else to draw a mes
sage of hope or good cheer from this
Christmas. Every one should do that far
himself If he can. We, In this country,
believe peace and rood will on earth can
only bs restored when victory of the
Allies shall have proved that the crime of
breaking treaties, devastating Innocent
countries and violating the code of Inter
national law Is Inevitably followed by
such a Judgment that no nation ever will
again let Itself be mishandled by ruthless
militarism for their commitment.
"But our task Is not to talk about our
beliefs. It is to say that they come true.
Tho acts of the British Government are
known. The British case Is known We
are content to leave things there-tor the
From the Rt, Rev. Arthur Wlnnlngton
Ingram, Bishop of London:
"When the evil spirit of envy and hat
red is cast out of Europe, Christ will
MUST HELP THE BUFFERING.
Vlsoount James Bryce, formerly Am
bassador to the United States:
"The first and best thing we can do
to make the new year happier than this
last year Is to do our utmost to help
the suffering as tho United States and
Oaaada are now so generously helping
the unfortunate Belgians.
"The next thing Is to think long and
think hard as to bow, when this strife
ends, a, recurrence of such a calamity
can b prevented"
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TO PLUNGE INTO WAR
Deputies Vote for Prepara
tions When Ministry An
nounces New German
Raid on Angola.
LISBON. Dec. 23,
The entrance of Portugal Into tho Euro
pean war was foreshadowed today when
tho chamber voted In favor of malting
preparations for Portugal to Join Eng
land in the conflict.
Tho chamber also approved proposals
for measures to bo taken In defense of
the colonies, and all steps necessary
toward placing the country upon a war
It Is generally expected that Portugal's
greatest nctlvity will be In Africa against
the German colonies, should the decision
to enter tho war be finally adopted.
The vote In the Chamber today fol
lowed an announcement that the Ger
mans had directed another attack upon
the Portuguese Province of Angola.
Portugal's peace strength consists of
20,000 men, comprising the home army
and 10,000 Colonial troops. In war time
about 210,000 trained troops could be put
Into the field.
Conscription prevails in Portugal and
the army Is considered fairly efficient.
but not thoroughly equipped.
Portugal has already sont an expedi
tionary force, estimated at upwards of
7000 men, to West Africa. The first of
these troops were sent during September
and more followed during October.
Germany has denied all charges of
having Invaded Angola despite the Lis
bon announcement of alleged details of
the attacks upon the Portuguese province.
The resolution adopted by tho Cham
ber of Deputies declares;
"Recognizing that the recent political
crisis was solved on constitutional lines
and that the first acts of the new Gov
ernment have been Inspired by a pa
triotic program, the Chamber repeats its
expression of confidence that the Gov
ernment will continue ta defend the Re
publlo vigorously and push preparations
for the military defense of our colonies
and also preparations for our Interven
tion In the war In Europe by the side of
GREAT BRITAIN TO AID
, VICTIMS OF GERMAN RAID
Asqutth Announces National Belief
for Coast Cities Bombarded.
LONDON. Doc 23. Tho people of Boar
borcugh, Whitby and Hartlepool, where
more than 120 persons were killed, num
bers wounded and enormous property
damage inflicted by tho German bom
bardment, are to be aided by the Gov
ernment. Premier Asqulth today announced that
relief will be extended from the national
funds tp the residents of the east coast
cities for the damage to property and the
death and Injury of citizens.
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AGAINST ALIEN HEEL
London Intrenches and
Work Rushed for Defense
of Shores Against Feared
Invasion of Germans.
NEW YORK, Dec. 23. Trenche3 nre be
ing dug about London nnd extraordinary
precautions are being taken on tho Eng
lish East Coast region In anticipation of
Gorman raids or nn Invasion. This In
formation reached hero today from n re
liable private source in England.
Tho trench digging around London be
gan two months ago. It v. as announced
at the time that this was mere practice
work for recruits This pretense has now
been abandoned. Any traveler by road
out of London, especially to the north
and northeast, has nmplo opportunities to
obseno lines of trenches that would do
credit to seasoned sappers In Danders.
These extend In an almost unbroken line
from Hendon, on th northwest, through
Potters Bar, across to Epplng Forest, on
the northeast, and thence southward as
far ns the Thames.
For two months tho German Invasion
has been expected "next week." The Ger
man cruisers mode their raid on Scar
borough, Hartlepool and Whitby, but that
tho actual Invasion Is overdue is causing
no relaxation of vigilance or preparatlop
on the part of General Sir Ian Hamilton,
commander-ln-chtef of the defense forces.
It Is also known In London that Lord
Kitchener recently made a personal tour
of Inspection of the points on the east
coast, where It Is considered most likely
the Germans may attempt a landing.
Altogether there are now mobilized
along the coast from Dover to Lelth ap
proximately half a million men. A large
part of these are Territorials, but Im
portant points aro a number of regiments
of seasoned regular troops.
All the east coast harbors, Inlets and
waterways havo been mined. Day and
night patrols of sea planes, steam yachts,
motorboats and armed steam trawlers
are maintained, The navy has provided
600 trawlers, manned by navy gunners.
Altogether, there aro about 1600 small
vessels, armed and unarmed, now on this
patrol service between Dover and Lelth.
FRENCH AVIATOR'S BOMBS
DAMAGE GERMAN HANGARS
Station Near Straasburg Fired by
GENEVA. Switzerland, Dec. H.
Fljing at a height of 4000 feet, a French
aviator dropped three bombs upon the
main station of the German aviation
squadron near Strassburg on Monday and
caused heavy damage. The station is In
tho suburb of Illklroh, Graefenstaden,
only two miles from the heart of Strass-
burg and Well within the line of forts
proteotlng tue stronghold.
The attacking aviator was driven off
by aerial guns before he could reach the
main (own, but when he sped back to
ward the French frontier the Itlklrch
Graefenstanden station was burning
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OFFENSIVE IN WEST
Continued from Page One
liver Egypt from the hands of the
English" according to a Constanti
nople dispatch Rout qf Russian
troops near Koprikof, in Armenia, is
also reported. On the other hand, the
Russian War Office claims decided
gains in the Van region. Russian
warships have shelled the Turkish sol
diers at Khopn, in their advance upon
KAISER REINFORCES LINES
TO DRIVE BACK ALLIES
Immense Numbers of Troops Bushed
to Western Tront.
PAIUS, Dec, 23.
Itelnforcements are being rushed In
large numbers to the German battlefront
In Belgium and northern Franco, accord
ing to roports coming from numerous
sources. Not only aro new guns. Just
turned out by the Krupps, being sent to
tho front, but troops are being trans
ferred from the Poland front to tho west
ern war theatre, and fresh forces. In
cluding ouths of from 17 to IS, who
havo never seen service, aro being sent
Tho belief hero Is that the Kaiser Is
strengthening his lines to resist the con
stantly Increasing pressure of tho Allies'
general offensive, and that he also con
templates a new counter-offensive, prob
ably along the coast toward Dunkirk.
Although the Allies havo been pursuing
their offensive for more than a fortnight,
with varying degrees of pressure along
the lino, tho German front at no point has
suffered seriously. This can bo attributed
to the great strength of tho Germans'
fortified positions. At points where they
havo fallen back thoy havo retired to
previously constructed tranches. The Ger
mans have lost but little artillery, and
tho Frenoh AVnr Office has now got to
ino point wnero it credits officially tho
capturo of such small batches of prison
ers as 100 or 300.
This afternoon's oftlclal rennrt nnv tho
Allies aro maintaining their oftenshe
with continued success in both Belgium
and France. The French hnvo made pro
gress on the coast between the North Sea
and tho road running from Nleuport to
West Ende In Flanders.
South of the frontier In Franco tho
Anglo-French forces havo recaptured
from the Germans the village of Glven-Ichy-les-La
Bassee. A heavy fog Js Im
peding operations around Arras, but In
other points of the battlo front sharp
fighting has taken place.
That General Joffre, the French commander-in-chief.
Is not entirely satisfied
with tho way things have been going on
at somo points on tho 200-mllo battle lino
Is shovn by the fnct that ho has recently
retired 21 French generals.
BRITISH ENVOY TO POPE
RAISES CHURCH OBJECTION
Protestants Condemn Renewal o
Relations After 400 Years.
LONDON, Dec. 23. The appointment of
Sir Henry Howard as a special minister
to the Vatican has called forth a protest
from the Protestant Alliance, which de
nounces tho appointment as Illegal.
The Northern Church Council of tho
Church Association, at Its December
meeting In Manchester, has framed an
appeal to the King's Ministers In which
It Is statod that diplomatic relations be
tween L'ngland and tho Vatican have
been discontinued for 400 years, and ask
ing for the withdrawal of tho present
mission, which, It Bays, "cannot but give
grave offense to a vast majority of Eng
lishmen." Tho protest continues:
"This council regrets that any action
taken by his majesty's goernment at
this time of crisis In the nation's history
Should place upon the country a contro
versy which will strnln to the uttermost
tho endeavors of all loyal Englishmen to
sink all differences and work together for
the defense of the empire."
ALLIES' OFFENSIVE BREAKS
DOWN, BERLIN DECLARES
Ground Gained by Germans at Sev
eral Points on Western Iilne.
BEItLIN, Dec. 23.
Reports received from tho western
theatre of war state that the Allies' of
fensive, which began on December 13,
has broken down before tho strong Ger
man counter attacks and that they are
once more resuming the defensive, the
Official News Bureau announced today,
Jt stated further that after repelling the
attacks of the Allies for flva days the
Germans havo advanced at several points,
particularly In the Argonne region and are
In a good position for a general offensive
along the entire front.
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TURKS HURL FORGES
AGAINST SDEZ CANAL
TO "DELIVER EGYPT"
Invasion of British Territory
Begun Russian Warships
Shell Turkish Forces Ad
vancing Upon Batum.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Deo. S3.
It Is officially announced that the Turk
ish army dispatched to Egypt began its
forward march upon the Suez Canal on
Monday, It Is under command of Djemal
Pasha, to "deliver Egypt from the hands
of England," according to tho statement.
Another announcement by the War Of
fice was that Turkish troops in tho Cau
casus made a surprlso attack at night
on" the Russian positions at Elagus-Mlrlrl,
20 miles cast of Koprlkol, that the Rus
sians suffered heavy losses and fled."
PETROGRAD, Deo. 23.
Russian warships In tho Black Sea have
shelled the Turks advancing along the
const toward Datum, it was announced at
tho Admiralty today.
On the Caucaslon front Russian tor
pedo botats bombarded coast villages oc
cupied by Turkish troops In tho region
of Khopa, according to tho statement, in
tho direction of Van the Russians con
tinue to press back considerable Turkish
Khopa Is only 18 miles Bouthwest of
Batum, the loss of which would bo a,
sovoro blow to tho Russians.
NAPLES, Dec. 23. Tho captain of the
steamship Capri, which has just arrived
from Hodelda, reports that the Amorlcari
armored cruiser St. Louis threatened to
bombard that port when tho French Con
sul was arrested and 111 treated.
Tho Turks, however, threatened that in
such an event they would massacre alt
foreigners. For this reason Hodelda was
Tho warship referred to Is probably
either tho North Carolina or the Ten
nessee, both of which wero In Turkish
waters when last heard from. The St.
Louts Is In reserve.
CRUISER SUNK OFF SYRIA
All on Board Lost Nationality
ATHENS, Dec. 23 A warship, whose
nationality Is not identified, Is reported
In a dispatch from Mltylene to have been
sunk off tho coast of Syria with all on
Trench and British warships have been
off tho coast of Syria for some time, and
wero recently Joined by the Russian
cruiser Askold. The United States cruiser
Tennessee left Alexandria, Egypt, for
Jaffa, Syria, enrly yesterday.
REVOLT OF TURKS THREATENS
Outbreaks Against Government
Feared in Constantinople.
LONDON, Dec. 23. A revolutionary
movement directed against the German
clement In the Turkish Government is se
riously threatened in Constantinople.
Tho Government, according to reports
reaching here today, has hastily recalled
Turkish troops from the Bulgarian fron
tier for duty In Constantinople In the
fear of nn outbreak. The revolutionary
movement Is said to bo directed by Talaat
Bey, who has consistently opposed tho
policy which resulted in Turkey entering
the war. '
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